DayBreaks for 3/19/14 – The “Impossible” Dream
2 Corinthians 6:18 (NLT) – And I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the LORD Almighty.
There are times when we struggle mightily to really believe the “good news”. We’ve been taught that if something sounds too good to be true then it IS too good to be true. For the most part, that is correct. But there are some very noteworthy exceptions.
There are days when we desperately need to be able to look into the mirror and not just see, but fully believe, that the person staring back at us from the reflection is a child of God. If we can’t believe that, some days would be just too difficult to bear.
We can be assisted in believing that by others – real and fictional. I first read the book, Don Quixote, when I was in high school and I remain fascinated by it to this day. A good example of how such a transformation into becoming something beautiful is found in the story of Dulcinea, one of the principal characters in the popular Broadway musical, Man of la Mancha, based on Cervantes’ classic work, Don Quixote. During the play, the audience learns that Don Quixote, the main character in the story, lives with many illusions, most especially his idea that he is a knight errant who battles dragons in the form of windmills.
At the end of the play as he lays dying, Don Quixote has at his side a prostitute, Aldonza, whom he has called throughout the play Dulcinea – “Sweet One” – much to the mocking delight of the local townsfolk. But Don Quixote has loved her in a way unlike anything she has ever experienced. When Quixote breathes his last, Aldonza begins to sing the song “The Impossible Dream.” As the last echoes of the song die away, someone shouts to her, “Aldonza!” But she pulls away proudly and responds, “My name is Dulcinea.” The crazy’s knight’s love had transformed her.
It was more than she could have hoped for in a thousand lifetimes. I would imagine her feelings were much like those of the woman caught in the act of adultery when Jesus tenderly called her, “Daughter.”
Jesus calls us his brothers and sisters…the sons and daughters of the Father. The next time that someone calls you by a derogatory name, remind yourself of what the Father calls you and be transformed by that knowing!
PRAYER: Father, Abba!! May Your love be a certainty to us and may we see that we are truly Your children! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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